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Tea Steam Facial

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Growing up in Germany, facial steams were part of my weekly routine. Both my mom and grandma swore by steams. Not only is steaming great for stuffy noses, it is also an excellent beauty treatment. Steaming helps us sweat out skin impurities. I like to incorporate weekly steaming  into my regular beauty and wellness routine.  It’s a quick, simple and inexpensive treatment that can be done within the comfort of my home. Doing this, however, makes me feel as though I’m undergoing a fancy spa treatment. Win win!

While there are many benefits to just steaming with plain water, the addition of tea bags to a steam bath makes it even more therapeutic.

DIY Steaming:

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Boil some water and pour it over the tea bags. I use all kinds of tea flavors for my steam. At night, I enjoy steaming and drinking Bigelow Benefits  Chamomile and Lavender Herbal Tea. This herbal blend of  beautiful and fragrant flowers helps me slow down and take a moment to relax. The flavor and aroma of this tea are so beautiful; probably my favorite combo.  I like to drink this tea right before bed time.

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Create a towel tunnel and steam for about 5 to 10 minutes. Make sure your towel is large enough to trap the steam. Also, cleanse your face of makeup and skin care products before steaming.

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When you’re done, your face will feel hydrated and soft; your mind relaxed and calm. I like to finish with a splash of cold water.  Afterwards, I apply a high-quality moisturizer. For a full evening of skin pampering, I exfoliate before steaming. This leaves my skin feeling refreshed, clean, and detoxified. I finish my pampering with a nice cup of Bigelow tea.

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Benefits is a new line of tea that is designed to support everyday wellness. We all know how important it is to put good things in our bodies to help us stay strong. This was the inspiration for the Bigelow Benefits line, teas that fuel your body with good for you ingredients.

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Did you know that tea is the most frequently sipped beverage worldwide after water? I’m not surprised. Drinking tea is part of my everyday wellness routine, and I absolutely love it. In fact, I’m drinking a cup of tea, as I’m typing this. I choose a different tea flavor almost every day. It depends on what mood I’m in and what type of “support” I need that day. The Benefits line has seven new teas with flavor combinations including Turmeric, Chili & Matcha Green Tea, Lemon & Echinacea, Cinnamon & Blackberry, Blueberry & Aloe, etc.

  • All natural green and herbal teas are made of premium quality
  • Exceptional flavor
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten free
  • Blended & produced in the USA

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I’m happy my local Kroger carries the Bigelow Benefits line. Today, I drank a cup of Benefits Lemon & Echinacea Herbal Tea. I love the lemony taste and benefits of this tea. This tea is so refreshing and bursting with flavor.

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Do you incorporate tea into your daily routine to assist in promoting a healthy and balanced lifestyle? Also, what are your thoughts on steaming?

 

i love you… that is all

**This post was created in partnership with Minted. All opinions are mine.**

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On April 15, my daughter ,Christy, turned 21. I don’t exactly consider my job as a parent completed, but at least I feel that she has managed to learn most of what she needs to know to have a chance at a healthy, happy and productive life.

Since Christy was able to come home from college, we celebrated her birthday with cake, drinks, and gifts.

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Here are some of the gifts I picked for her. These lovely foil-pressed Minted pieces will look great in her new apartment.  Her zodiac sign is Aries, and this water color print is simple and so fun.

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Christy will be interning in New York this summer, so I thought a map of New York will be a great reminder of this exciting time in her life. I love all the gold against the white background and frame. An independent artist hand-presses the foil. It truly is a work of art.

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And of course, … iloveyouthatisall… this is my heart talking through a piece of art. Although I try to practice acceptance, I struggle with time ticking away. Seriously, how have 21 years passed since I gave birth to this girl? The thought and reality of my children becoming adults, the thought of myself becoming an old woman, and then one day…. not being… is not easy to accept. I guess I just have to take it one day at the time.
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Happy 21st Birthday, Christy! You have so much to offer. I’m very proud to be your mom.

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Right now until April 24, Minted is offering 20% off of all foil-pressed products. Offer includes graduation announcements, invitations, thank you cards, photo gifts, completely custom art, custom art, foil-pressed art… and much more.

Mother’s Day, graduations, and weddings are upon us, so this is the perfect time to shower the special person in your life with beautiful art, invitations, announcements, photo gifts, etc.

 

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Engineer Print Minimal Wall Art

 

Minimal Art

 

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Lately, I’ve been loving minimal wall art. I love the simple, mostly black and white elements like this large modern letter art I made for my son.

I needed a large piece for my living room, so I decided to make another engineer print in black and white (you can also get them in color). I went in my back yard and took a bunch of pictures of trees and branches.  The photos were edited and then uploaded to the Staples website, where I ordered a large engineer print for around $7. I explained the entire process here. The frame is DIY; super easy and inexpensive.

This was my inspiration.

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Via pinterest

 

Engineer prints are an easy and affordable way to update your art. You don’t have to feel guilty switching them out throughout the year. Who knows, by summer, I may want lots of colorful art on my walls.

Have a happy and safe Easter.